Ford Falcon 2003 Problems

No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Ford Falcon 2003 reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

Worn Ford steering wheel

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Oct 2012

A number of Carsguide readers have contacted us to tell us about their experiences with the same problem. All report heavy wear, and in some cases, Ford replaced the steering wheel.

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Ford Falcon 2003: Slow off the mark

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Mar 2012

A recalibration using a chip would probably help, but I don't believe there is one available for your car. I would be giving it a tune-up, service the LPG system, and replace the spark plugs and leads, to make sure the car is running at its best.

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Knocking Falcon similar to Holden

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Mar 2011

Your car has probably got worn lifters and the heavier oil helped shut them up, but being new Laurie's problem is likely to be something else, like piston slap.

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Knocking Falcon similar to Holden

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Mar 2011

Your car has probably got worn lifters and the heavier oil helped shut them up, but being new Laurie's problem is likely to be something else, like piston slap.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Change coils with spark plugs

Answered by CarsGuide 15 Mar 2011

No, he’s not. You wouldn’t change the coils unless they were breaking down and causing the engine to misfire. You can change them at any time, not just when you change plugs.

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Ford Falcon 2003: Broken door actuators

Answered by CarsGuide 3 Mar 2011

It's a problem that crops up occasionally on Falcons of that era, but your car is now eight years old, the warranty has run out, and you bought it secondhand, so the chance of getting any compensation is very slim. Because of the number of failures you have experienced you could try your luck under the consumer affairs laws, claiming that the vehicle was unfit for the purpose for which it was sold to you.

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Ford Falcon: Clicking sound

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Jan 2011

That's possible, but you would have to hit the potholes very hard and very often, even with the low profile tyres to bend an axle, and I would have though you would have picked up by a wheel shake instead of a "clicking" noise. I would also have thought you would break a wheel before bending an axle.

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Ford Falcon 2003: Broken seat springs

Answered by CarsGuide 9 Dec 2010

I'm not surprised that Ford wouldn't give you the name of the seat supplier, that's not the sort of information they normally hand out.  The seat supplier is Futuris Automotive Interiors and they can be contacted on 03 9644 4222.

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Vibrating steering wheel on Falcon Futura

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Aug 2010

It would seem that it's in the front-end if it's coming through the steering wheel so that would eliminate the tail shaft. Check the wheel bearings, shocks, bushes etc.

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Futura conversion

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Apr 2010

Ford will tell you that because it wants to sell you into a dedicated E-Gas Falcon, which has hardened valve seats, valves and even special con rods to handle LPG, but there are thousands of Falcons running around with non-factory dual-fuel systems fitted. In short it can be done and done very successfully. But I would be very suspicious of anyone approaching me with an offer to convert my car, and I would suggest you check their bona fides very carefully. I would also suggest you seek out the expert opinion of recognized specialists in the field to get advice you can rely on.

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